Family Ties

Season 2 Episode 3

The Harder They Fall

Aired Unknown Oct 19, 1983 on NBC
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Alex anxiously awaits a crucial college recommendation from his English teacher.

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Alex first takes a bite of the banana in the scene in which Elyse confesses that she punched out his teacher, notice that the banana changes shape after Alex first takes a bite. The camera cuts briefly to Elyse and then immediately back to Alex, and one can see that there is suddenly more of the banana in the second shot of him holding it.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Elyse: I punched Mr. Tedesco in the mouth.
        Alex: (chokes on his bite of banana) What did you say?
        Elyse: I punched him.
        Alex: Um, when you say "punch," do-do you mean an affectionate little, uh (leans over and lightly brushes Elyse with his knuckles) "Way to go, Mr. Tedesco"?
        Elyse: I decked him.
        Mallory and Jennifer: Wow!
        Alex: (distraught) Any particular reason?
        Elyse: He shoved an elderly lady!
        Alex: That's it? How old?

      • Elyse: (after Steven punches Mr. Tedesco) Steven, I know this may sound crazy, but I-I think we ought to have Mr. Tedesco to dinner tomorrow night.
        Alex: What for? To finish him off?

      • Alex: (after learning what they're serving Mr. Tedesco for dinner) Chicken? Chicken! Is that the best you could do, Mom?
        Elyse: What's wrong with chicken?
        Alex: You do not appease a man with poultry! Beef! We need beef!

      • Mallory: Alex, you're hard to figure. Right when I think I know you, you go do something nice.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • When Steven explains that Mr. Tedesco would have made a killer out of Gandhi, he alludes to Mohandas Karamchand "Mahatma" Gandhi, who was revered in India as "the Father of the Nation" and who became a worldwide icon for his non-violent political resistance.